Purchasing Night Splints for Plantar Fasciitis

by David McCullough

Foot braces and night splints for plantar fasciitis can provide relief to patients who may be suffering from heel and foot pain, and do not mind wearing a brace or splint during times of inactivity. Most patients who benefit from these devices wear them during rest, and in particular sleep, although they may be worn during times of activity if prescribed to do so by a podiatrist, or other medical professional.

A foot brace or night splint works by essentially shielding the foot against further pressure brought upon by movement, the stretching of the calf, and the other foot muscles. This can give the plantar fascia a chance to heal, and can prevent the tightening that occurs during rest. Most patients that have this medical condition experience the worst pain after prolonged periods of inactivity, and by wearing a brace or splint they can hopefully reduce this pain to a significant extent, or eliminate it completely.

Choosing A Proper Night Splint

Choosing a night splint for plantar fasciitis is really about taking into consideration what a doctor or other medical professional may recommend in accordance with the actual shape and size of the foot. The extent of the patient’s condition should also be taken into consideration, as patients with severe cases of plantar fasciitis may not be able to benefit from a night splint or brace.

Patients should begin their search for a plantar fasciitis night splint online, or at various brick and mortar retailers. Online stores can obviously provide easier access with the clear limitation of not being able to try the particular device at hand on. I recommend to patients that they utilize a combination of these two options, and to not hesitate to go back and forth as needed in order to find the appropriate model, at the best price.

While there are many different models of night splints made by a variety of manufacturers, I’ve found that patients have had the most success with any of the models that are made by the company FootSmart. Their website is located at footsmart.com, and patients can freely compare and contrast the various different models in order to locate a device that is properly suited for their condition.

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